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Loyola University Chicago Earns Top Rankings for Online Education in U.S. News & World Report


Primary Contact:
Anna Briggs Pirila

Secondary Contact:
Matthew McDermott 

CHICAGO – February 7, 2024 

Loyola University Chicago School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) has once again been ranked as a top program for online education by U.S. News & World Report: 

  • #20 Best Online Bachelor’s degree nationwide 
  • #4 Best Online Undergraduate Psychology degree nationwide 
  • #10 Best Online Undergraduate Business degree nationwide 

SCPS is recognized as a leader in providing accessible, high-quality online education to a diverse community of adult learners, reaffirming its excellence in academic programs. Offering top-ranked programs in Illinois and nationwide, Loyola has been singled out as a national leader in the online undergraduate experience. Building upon Loyola’s commitment to educational outreach and inclusiveness, SCPS focuses on flexibility, student support, and providing relevant skills for the contemporary world. 

Loyola was previously recognized by U.S. News & World Report this fall, with multiple programs receiving recognition for national excellence. Most notably, the University received significant recognition as it jumped 35 spots from #66 to #31 in the quality of undergraduate teaching programs among national universities. As the top-ranked program in Illinois and top five in the Midwest, Loyola was singled out as a national leader in the in-person undergraduate experience as well. 

“We are proud to see the School of Continuing and Professional Studies achieve such commendable rankings in U.S. News & World Report. This recognition reflects our ongoing commitment to innovative and top-tier education, empowering our students to excel in their personal and professional journeys,” said Jeanne Widen, interim dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. “Five years in a row, SCPS has received this prestigious acknowledgment reflecting our dedication to providing transformative education, aligning seamlessly to our Jesuit, Catholic mission of education rooted in service, justice, and the pursuit of knowledge.” 

SCPS has consistently demonstrated excellence in its online programs, offering students a dynamic community and engaging learning environment designed to be flexible, interactive, and supportive. With small class sizes and application-oriented courses, students gain knowledge and skills they can immediately apply to their careers. 

With a commitment to innovation, SCPS offers a range of online programs tailored to meet the evolving needs of students in today’s ever-changing world. For more information about the School of Continuing and Professional Studies and its online programs, visit


About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,600 students. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens), and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 15 schools, colleges, and institutes. Ranked a leading national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations including AmeriCorps and the Carnegie Foundation. To learn more about Loyola, or follow us on Twitter via@LoyolaChicago.

About the School of Continuing and Professional Studies
The School of Continuing and Professional Studies empowers adult learners through an accessible, impactful, and holistic education with various programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We provide a supportive and flexible environment for our students, staff, and faculty. The school is near Chicago’s historic Water Tower and within steps of Chicago’s business and governmental communities. SCPS celebrated 100 years of service to adult learners in Chicago in 2014 and is poised for new growth. It is part of a Jesuit network of schools for working adults in the U.S. and abroad. To learn more about SCPS, visit or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaSCPS.